Changes to federal eligibility rules for Pell Grants have some Alabama students returning to college looking for new ways to pay for classes.
The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/ONRj9R) that the Alabama Commission on Higher Education has commissioned the University of Alabama Education Policy Center to do a study on the topic this fall.
Ben Baker, director of student financial services at the University of North Alabama, said that students could get less Pell Grant money under the changes.
Alabama voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to continue a 20-year-old program that has allowed the state to buy 220,000 acres of public land to be used for hunting, fishing, birding and other activities.
It's the second time Alabama residents have been asked to vote on Forever Wild. The first was in 1992, when voters authorized the state to buy wilderness lands.
The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Alabama's new legislative districts for use in the 2014 elections.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez notified state Attorney General Luther Strange of the decision Friday. The Justice Department has to review new political boundaries in Alabama to make sure they don't violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising black voters.
Agriculture experts are predicting a bountiful year for northern Alabama's cotton crop.
Heavy rain this week forced some farmers to delay harvesting another week or two.
However, planters say the fall rain has been welcome after a scorching summer that featured consistent heat and little rain.
Eric Schavey, regional extension agent for northwest Alabama, predicts a solid cotton crop this year. He said less rain over the coming days would be more beneficial to the cotton crops. More rain could lead to boll rot, some of which he's seen in some plants.